Earlier in the week, many U2 fans were left angered after not only missing out on tickets for their forthcoming gig at Croke Park in July, but at seeing them very quickly pop up on re-sale sites for hugely inflated sums.

It's a topic that understandably generates a lot of irritation, as it means genuine fans are either left without tickets or having to fork out huge amounts to see their favourite bands.

However, it appears that a campaign is underway to tackle touting, led by TD Noel Rock. The Fine Gael TD has sought a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week to seek his support in backing a bill that would outlaw ticket touts - at least of this kind - and has already drafted legislation "which would prohibit the resale of tickets for concerts and sporting events for more than their face value."

It follows on from a similar promise by Independent TD Stephen Donnelly to take action. Seatwave, one of the biggest ticket re-sale sites, has already been shut down in Belgium after similar legislation was drafted.


Radio station NOVA has also launched an online petition to gain support for the campaign, which has been signed by over 2,500 people in recent days.

See here for the petition.